ICC World Cup 2011 begins..

The World Cup warm-up matches have started and the country has also got into hype mode. If you watch the TV or read newspapers ,the general idea is the cup is at an arms length to the Indian Team.What goes up comes down so if the Indian cricket team fails, we will see every Tom, Dick and Harry on TV advising the team what it could have done.

India might have won its first warm-up game but it seems more due to Australia’s weak batting than India’s bowling. Michael Hussey could have made the difference in the result.

South Africa looks quite strong and I think has the best team for the tournament. A very good batting lineup led by captain Graeme Smith, with Hashim Amla in great form. Their bowling has the best pacer in the world today Dale Steyn, ably supported by Lonwabo Tsotsobe and for once, they also have good spinners in Robin Peterson and Johan Botha.

Australia may have lost its warm-up matches but cannot be discounted. The positives from the match against South Africa are Michael Clarke has started scoring and the finger injury has not deterred Ricky Ponting’s batting ability.

The other teams which have a good chance at the crown are Sri Lanka and England.

Sri Lanka has a good batting line up with players like Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara and a equally good bowling line-up led by Lasith Malinga and Muthiah Muralitharan .

England may have lost their last series against Australia but have the potential to reach finals. I see Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan as key players who can propel England to that stage.

West Indies to me is unpredictable, I really don’t know how Darren Sammy is going to lead this team.

Leaving the minnows apart I don’t see a chance this time for New Zealand and Pakistan. Daniel Vettori is a great bowler and captain but the team  does not seem to have match winners and is low on confidence with too many losses this year. Pakistan has always been like a wild card entry which surprises at crucial junctures but the present team is too fragmented and Shahid Afridi has not displayed any leadership potential and his own form is questionable.

It would be great if India won but the batsmen have to deliver as Indian bowling does not look so strong.

Would be glad to see surprise upsets to above!


11 responses to “ICC World Cup 2011 begins..

  1. Generally agree, but my list from most to least favorite would be
    1. South Africa (great bowling and good batting)
    2. India/Sri Lanka (home advantage and good team balance)
    3. Australia (can never be written off, ability to bounce back)
    4. England / Pakistan (dark horses)
    5. W. I ( a couple of match winner could spring a surprise)

  2. We are waiting for the glorious moment. The first match between Bangladesh and India.

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  3. this time India is the hot favorite. they are very good on sub continent pitches and players form is also good

  4. i like it very much……………NICE POST.

  5. Wow… I’m so excited about India vs England match… lets see what who win the game!!!

  6. Wooufff 🙂 nail biter. Sachin Tendulkar’s 120 in the 1st innings followed by Andrew Strauss’s smashing 158 in the second innings helped england to level the score and the encounter ends in thrilling tie. FanIQ is the best platform for the latest updates regarding the big event in the world of cricket.

  7. Dear Sir,

    Indians would like to know CCI actions on unprofessional play of the Indian team and dubious decisions by the its captain in the India’s loss to SA on MAcrh 12, 2011.

    How could Indian loose so many wickets for just 29 runs? Basic changes needed.
    Why Nehra and Patel were given the bowling , when they always bowl in wrong places and get hit. Dubious decision – inetegrity under doubt.

    Take action, before it is too late.



  8. The World Cup warm-up matches have started and the country has also got into hype mode.

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  10. I am just waiting for T20 world cup….

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